By Jun Ramirez
Movie and television actor Richard Gutierrez is facing P38.5 million tax evasion case before the Department of Justice.
Commissioner Caesar Dulay of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed the criminal complaint after R Gutz Corporation of which the accused is the president repeatedly ignored tax collection notices.
Tax examiners uncovered the delinquent account incurred by the entertainment outfit through confidential documents furnished by an informant which was subsequently confirmed by the GMA Television Network.
GMA stated it paid R Gutz of Annapolis Street, San Juan City a total of P663 million for its services in 2012.
But R Gutz reportedly did not file income tax return for 2012 as well as quarterly value-added tax returns except for the first quarter.
R Gutz is engaged in production and marketing of movies, television shows and other forms of entertainment like sports, promotion of talents and live shows for local and international audiences.
Meanwhile, the BIR also filed separate tax cheating charges against two other business executives and an alleged BIR fixer.
The alleged fixer identified as Fe Velasquez Quiambao of Tangali St., San Jose, Quezon City was accused of providing a client with a fake Transfer Certificate Title (TCT), thus avoiding payment of capital gains and documentary stamp taxes in the sale of a piece of land in Quezon City.
The two other respondents were Francisco Chiang, president of Rising Giant Commercial Corporation of Monte Vista, Cainta, Rizal and Raymund Magdaluyo, president of RMCN Seafood and Steak Inc. of Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
The two were accused of nonpayment of income and business taxes totaling to more than P55 million despite several notices sent to them to settle the back taxes.